Wednesday, November 19, 2008

3 is the magic number

Once again I've been a bit scarce around blogland for the past month. After Maker Faire (which went really well by the way, see here and here for a couple of shots that are better than my own) we had Harlan's third birthday to celebrate, and then I dove right back into production mode for the upcoming Blue Genie Art Bazaar, which is a three week long sale of items made by local artists.

With less than twenty hours a week to devote to working, blogging is put on the back burner once again. Here are a few shots to keep all my dear readers in the loop!

Harlan's third birthday on Nov. 1:
I think this is my only photo pose. Every photo of me since Harlan was born looks exactly like this. Here is the birthday boy being asked to pose:


We had a little party for Harlan and some of his pals at a place filled with inflatable jumpy houses. Some of them were so large that they had slides and ladders (inflatable too) inside them.



I updated my deer and tree applique designs. I'm now hand dying the blanks in vibrant, more "punchy" colors, that come out somewhat variegated. Instead of hand painting each shirt, Joe drew a deer that I'm silkscreening (and I added a small batch of a big bad wolf version). Silk screening goes a lot faster obviously, and it feels great to be able to produce the clothes a little faster than I was doing so before. Lastly, the tree appliques remain the same except that there is now only one tree per shirt.

I am making most of the trees with my traditional ric-rack, and leaving some with raw edges for a more "manly" look for little boys who don't rock the ric-rack.

This shirt is Kelley green, although it looks more yellow in the photo:


These little romper/dresses are new too, and come in a variety of colors:


Also new are these sleeper sets. The hats will be sold with the nighties (don't these things remind you of Sweepea?)


I really love the way blue dye came out, but it shows the most variegation of any of the colors I've tried so far. It's a bit trickier to work with and I had to scrap a pretty big batch of blanks unfortunately.
I'm hoping to put some of these in the shop, but that is pretty neglected these days as well. If you are interested in a particular size or design to purchase, feel free to e-mail me and I'll send it to you instead of putting in the upcoming Art Bazaar. I'm also making some great stockings with the woodgrain fabric, some Japanese import fabrics, and some linen ones with the deer. I hope to post again soon, but if not, please know that the comments you all leave and the e-mails you send really mean a lot to me.

8 comments:

jen said...

harlan is so cute - happy belated birthday!

Daryl said...

Your hair is so long .. its encouraging me to let mine grow out .. such a hassle

Love these new snugglies .. and I am going to need TWO for boy twins who are going to be born within the next few weeks.

:-Daryl

Beverly said...

Thanks for the news, the pictures, and the latest designs. It all looks good to me.

Kim said...

Jessica, I love the new screen-printed deer and think it's a brilliant solution! And I just love how your work evolves :-)

And I hereby place my annual vote to keep H's hair long, though come 90+ degree weather he'll hate me for that, no doubt. Happy birthday, sweet boy :-)

Lindellica said...

those are gorgeous, and I want to see Harlan in a blue velvet suit like Little Lord Fauntelroy. Seriously. We don't have to tell him about when he's older.

futuregirl said...

Happy 3rd, Harlan!

Danielle said...

gosh, your children's clothing is so incredibly CUTE!! i will keep this in mind for my sister's kids! :-)

oregonpatchworks said...

Hey nice stitching, my baby is 2 month old and i am house wife, i would definitely try to stitch of the same type :)